Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says she has filed a civil rights complaint against a man who made derogatory sexual comments to female workers at a Portland restaurant.

Mills said Thursday that she’s requesting an order that would bar Jesse James Taylor, 37, of Portland from going into Sisters Gourmet Deli or having contact with employees.

Taylor entered the restaurant July 29 and yelled anti-gay epithets at the women. Mills said Taylor threatened the women with violence based on bias against their gender and sexual orientation.

Police said Taylor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to five days in the Cumberland County Jail. Portland police say they believe that mental illness played a role in the incident.

The incident was publicized when deli owner Michaela McVetty posted online a surveillance video of Taylor’s 10-minute, obscenity-laced tirade. The video got tens of thousands of views and led to a public forum to discuss the drug use and mental health problems on display in Monument Square, where the deli is located. McVetty also met with Mayor Ethan Strimling and City Manager Jon Jennings.

McVetty said Portland should consider following in the footsteps of Burlington, Vermont, and install kiosks around town so people can donate money they might usually give to panhandlers that can be funneled directly to the services that help people at risk, like shelters and counselors.

Efforts to reach Taylor were unsuccessful Thursday.

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